Call for Competitive low-carbon energy H2020-LCE-2015-2 Closed!


The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The “Societal challenges” responds directly to the policy priorities and societal challenges that are identified in the Europe 2020 strategy and that aim to stimulate the critical mass of research and innovation efforts needed to achieve the Union's policy goals.

The specific objective is to fully exploit the potential of Europe's talent pool and to ensure that the benefits of an innovation-led economy are both maximised and widely distributed across the Union in accordance with the principle of excellence.

Funding shall be focused on the following specific objectives:
(a) Health, demographic change and well-being.
(b) Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research. and the bioeconomy.
(c) Secure, clean and efficient energy.
(d) Smart, green and integrated transport.
(e) Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
(f) Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.
(g) Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.


Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • LCE-12-2015: Demonstrating advanced biofuel technologies. In the short-term and medium-term perspective, due to different issues (such as the limited distribution infrastructure of the electrification option, or the unsuitability of such option for certain transport modes), biofuels are expected to be increasing contributors to the de-carbonisation of the transport sector. In order to achieve the EU targets regarding renewable energy in transport and CO2 abatement (set out in the RES and Fuel Quality Directives), and to address concerns regarding indirect and direct environmental impacts of biofuels, new and advanced biofuels using sustainable feedstock need to reach the market. To this end, the following sub-challenges should be addressed:

- Proving that advanced biofuels and bioenergy carriers technologies, as identified in the Implementation Plan of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI), are technically viable, environmentally and socially sustainable, and potentially cost-competitive at commercial scale.
- Developing logistic systems for a sound, safe and sustainable feedstock supply.

  • LCE-19-2015: Supporting coordination of national R&D activities. Without a technological shift in our current energy system, the EU will fail on its 2050 ambitions to largely decarbonise the energy and transport sectors. The EU needs to accelerate innovation in cutting edge low carbon technologies and innovative solutions, and bridge the gap between research and the market. A European approach is essential to realise the ambition of seeing low carbon technologies effectively developed in view of bringing them to the market: it allows key players to come together on a continental scale; it helps to identify and to tackle the barriers holding back innovative products and services in the single market; and it allows different sources of private and public funding to be brought together. Today, EU funding remains a limited part of the overall funding across Europe. Implementation needs to be increasingly based on partnerships that build the necessary scale and scope, and achieve greater impact from scarce public and private resources. The challenge is to drive synchronisation of funding processes by fostering cross-border cooperation among partners supported by national projects and programmes.


  • LCE-03-2015: Demonstration of renewable electricity and heating/cooling technologies. In 2015, the following technology-specific challenges have to be addressed:

- Photovoltaics: PV integrated in the built environment – Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems will become essential elements in future net zero energy buildings provided a number of challenges are solved, e.g. integration with other functional building components, flexibility in system design, architectural and aesthetic considerations and standardisation, smart interaction with the grid, extension of the lifetime of system components, and cost reduction. - Wind energy: Demonstrating innovative substructure and floating concepts
- There is a need for i) demonstration of innovative bottom-fixed substructure concepts for water depths of 30 to 50m capable of reducing costs; and ii) demonstration of innovative floating wind turbine concepts.
- Ocean energy: Demonstration of ocean energy technologies - Demonstrate advanced full scale devices in real world conditions in order to gain further understanding and certainty over installation, operations and decommissioning costs, as well as of high levels of reliability and survivability. - Deep geothermal energy: Testing of enhanced geothermal systems in different geological environments – Widespread deployment of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) needs new and improved models and innovative solutions are needed to routinely create EGS reservoirs with sufficient permeability, fracture orientation and spacing. Cross-fertilisation with hydrothermal fields and cross-fertilisation with tight oil and gas fields can be explored.
- Renewable Heating and Cooling. LCE-21-2015: Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts. In order to ensure efficient follow up of the integrated roadmap, following the Communication on Energy Technologies and Innovation, the complex links, interactions and interdependencies between the different actors, the available technologies and the impact of the different interventions on all levels from the individual to the whole energy system need to be better understood. Furthermore, due to the central role of energy for our societies, the choice of a particular portfolio of energy technologies has far reaching impacts not only on the energy system, but also on the environment, the economy and the society. It is necessary to provide model based decision support tools for the different actors in the energy system in order to facilitate handling the complex system.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 93,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 03 March 2015 - 6 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Competitive low-carbon energy (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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